Saturday, January 17, 2009

Home on the Range

We've spent the past two days out on the range, learning to use our weapons. I have been issued both an M16 rifle and a 9mm pistol. Let us up that their use is not necessary in Afghanistan, but it's important to learn how to defend one's self when going to a dangerous part of the world. Target practice has been fun, although the weather is unexpectedly cold. Temperatures in the teens are unusual for South Carolina, and shivering while shooting is not helpful for accuracy.

Now that we range training is completed, it's time for our first day of "liberty", the military term for a day off! Waking up daily at 5 A.M. is not my usual rising time, but that will be the rise-and-shine time in Afghanistan!

These pictures--even some video--are from the range.

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